Massachusetts: Democrat Setti Warren exits US Senate race

Newton Mayor Setti Warren has announced that he’s dropped out of the Massachusetts senate race, citing a lack of financial resources and shift in the political dynamics of the race.

Warren conceded at a news conference outside his home Thursday that the entry into the race by consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren was a “huge” factor in his decision. The two are not related.

Setti Warren also said he had not been pressured by Democrat leaders to drop out and made the decision after consulting with his family. He has polled poorly and had difficulty raising money.

Massachusetts Democratic Senate President Therese Murray, who said she has not endorsed anyone in the race, said she did not have any talks with Warren, and never pressured him to leave the race.  Murray spoke on WATD-FM on Thursday morning.

Other Democrats running for the seat held by Republican Scott Brown include City Year youth program co-founder Alan Khazei, immigration attorney Marisa DeFranco, state Rep. Tom Conroy, Newton resident Herb Robinson and Robert Massie.

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